The 27th April is World Tapir Day each year.
Not much is known about the tapir, so here's a short video showing one:
And here are 10 facts about tapirs for you...
- There are 4 recognised species of extant tapir – 3 of these are in Central and South America, and one in Southeast Asia.
- Tapirs have been around far longer than we have. Their ancestors have been around for 35 million years! So tapirs are often called “living fossils”!
- The tapir is known as the gardener of the forest because they are so good at dispersing seeds from the fruit they eat.
- Tapirs live in jungles, grasslands, swamps and cloud forests.
- You can meet tapirs at a number of wildlife parks in the UK with a tapir experience
- The tapir’s nose is flexible, which is good for snuffling around on the ground for food
- Tapirs are pregnant for over a year and produce one offspring at a time
- Tapirs are most closely related to horses and rhinos – in Indonesia, the animal is called badak, which is the same word as rhino
- They can dive to the bottom of watering holes to eat the vegetation there
- World Tapir Day looks to raise awareness of tapir conservation and also to raise funds to protect or buy habitat for the tapirs.